Crown Point State Historic Site is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the ruins of two fortifications from the colonial wars between the British and French. Long before the American Revolution these colonial powers both laid claim to the Champlain Valley and this strategically important peninsula known as Crown Point. The French built Fort St. Frederic here between 1734 and 1737 and used it as a base for raids on British settlements in New York and New England. As a result, the British mounted various expeditions to take control of Crown Point, and in 1759 they were finally successful. They immediately began construction of new fortifications that they called "His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point". Enclosing over seven acres this was one of the largest built by the British in North America.
In 1775, at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, the American colonists captured the fort and secured sorely needed cannons and heavy ordnance. Crown Point was occupied by General John Burgoyne's army in 1777 after the American evacuation to Mount Independence and remained under British control until the end of the war. The ruins of Fort St. Frederic, "His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point," and surrounding lands were acquired by the State of New York in 1910.
Today, visitors can explore the preserved ruins of these forts and tour the museum which includes a multimedia orientation program, large scale models, and an exhibit of original artifacts recovered from the site by archaeologists. Additionally, the site offers access to the historic Crown Point Pier, the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse, the walking paths on either side of the newly constructed Lake Champlain Bridge, and fantastic views of Lake Champlain. Tours for school and adult groups, as well as outreach programs, are available by reservation.
Dogs on a leash - not exceeding six feet in length. Not permitted in buildings, camping, bathing, and picnic areas except where needed as a seeing eye, guide dog (service dog). Proof of license, tags, and a valid rabies vaccination must be demonstrated.
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Key BCA Criteria:
- Migratory concentration site
- Diverse species concentration site
- Bird research site
The Crown Point BCA is part of the Crown Point State Historic Site. Over 180 species have been observed at the Crown Point BCA. Many of these are spring migrants with 47 species of Neotropical migratory songbirds and 18 species of forest dwelling Neotropical migrants having been observed in spring. A bird banding station has been operated at Crown Point since 1976. During that time 13,442 birds of 97 species have been banded.
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For the 42nd consecutive year the Crown Point Bird Banding Association will be on-site daily from 7 am - 5 pm. See how migrating birds are netted, identified, and released. Bird banding is an effort to identify and track different species of migratory birds to collect ecological data and improve conservation efforts.
At 1:00 pm a ceremony will be held to unveil and dedicate a monument commemorating the Crown Point cannon that Henry Knox hauled from Lake Champlain to Boston at the beginning of the American Revolution. Re-enactors portraying the patriot Green Mountain Boys, under the command of Captain Seth Warner, will arrive to commemorate the 1775 liberation of 111 cannon from the British soldiers posted at the fort. An outdoor reception of light refreshments, will follow, rain or shine and is free to the public.
5K run within the historic fort ruins, 10:00 a.m., rain or shine. For registration information go to: http://www.lachute.us/ or call: 518-597-3754
Narrated history tour of the sights visible when walking across the Lake Champlain Bridge. Enjoy the views and learn about the nearly 9,000 years of human history at this important and beautiful location on Lake Champlain. The channel here made this one of the most strategic spots on Lake Champlain for the Native Americans for millennia, and for the colonial French, British, and early Americans. 1 pm Rain or shine, $6.
Authentically clad French, British, and Native American participants will be camped amongst the ruins of the 18th century fortifications at Crown Point. Guests to the camp will be able to interact with the participants portraying various people of Crown Point's past and also have the opportunity to purchase some of the 18th century wares produced and exhibited by artisans and merchants. 9 am to 5 pm with Battle Reenactments at 2 pm.